12 In-Season Ways to Use Pomegranate
Considered a superfood for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, pomegranate is a wonderfully sweet and tangy addition to any winter recipe.
Some of these recipes call for pomegranate juice, which you can simply buy at the supermarket or health food store. Others require the whole pomegranate arils (the individual, bright red seed pods).
Opening and de-seeding a pomegranate can be messy, but here are two very important tricks.
- It stains, so an apron is a good idea if you're wearing something nice.
- Use a knife to make a shallow cut around the center of the fruit, but don't cut all the way through. Use your fingers to pry apart the two halves. Over a large bowl, hold the pomegranate seed side down in one hand while you firmly tap the rind with a wooden spoon or spatula. The seeds will come loose and fall out.
Eating the seeds straight from the bowl is always a treat, but there are so many great uses for pomegranate here -- drinks, desserts, sauces. Enjoy!